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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 

SJAM.fO'R'D v.^ayx'Rsi'Ty 

Birmingham, Alabama 



Mulberry Missionary Baptist Association 



v. 1. 1844 



v. 2. 1856 



v. 3. 1873 




v. 11. 1895 



v. 12. 1896 



v. 13. 1897 



v. 4. 1879 



v. 14. 1898 



v. 5. 1881 



v. 15. 1899 



v.6. 1885 



v. 16. 1900 



v. 7. 1886 



v. 8. 1887 



v. 9. 1889 



v. 10. 1892 



ALABAMA BAPTCT BSTQWCAL SOOTTf 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



SIXTY-NINTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



MY ISSKABY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



HELD WITH 



New Salei anrck, Gkiltn aunty, Aitluu, 



September 23-24, 1896. 



J. M. Lakgston 

R. M. HONBYCUTT 



OFFICERS: 

^foderator 
. Clerk . . 



* • 



. Six Mile, Ala. 

. Clan ton, Ala. 



The next session will be held with Antioch Church, Jive 
vest of Randolph, in Bibb County, Alabama, on 
Wednesday after the first Sunday in 
October, 1897. 



tiles 



1896 
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ORDER OF BUSINESS. 



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, Derot ion* 1 Exercise*. 
Organization. 

Invite visiting members to seats. ^ 

Open the door for churches to naite wit* «*> 
Invite cortespondence. 
Appoint special committees. 
Miscellaneous bnsines*. 
Call for reports of standing coaMnitteea. 
Appoint standing committee*. 
Appoint time and place of next 
Miscellaneous business. 



NAMES AND POSTOFFIOES OF ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

J.M.Langs™ • rt X *?™*A^ 

R. M. Honeycutt Clanton, Ala. 

T M Gothard Jeimson, Ala. 

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L. B. Pounds h? 18 °S A1 ** 

W.A.Wood ••• Laly.Aia. 

W.G.Riggins I^m?'^]*' 

Sutton Smithmman ^" ** n ** ^»- 

A.L.Foshke CWon'AU 

W.M.Wood £ la nt on AU 

George W. Freeman Randolph, Ala. 

licensed Ministers. 

T.J. LOWERY '•■•S^T^f 1 * 

>. J Glasscoce ^M^\t 

I. N. Langston Slx MxIe ' Ala ~ 







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MINUTES 



Of TBI 



SIXTY-NINTH annual' session 



OF THE 



HUEBIT MISSIONARY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



HELD WITH 



let Salem Ctai, CMlton Camity, Alabama, 

September 23-24, 1896. 



J. M. Langston 

R. M. HoLNEYCUTT 



OFFICERS: 
. Moderator 
. Clerk . 



. Six Mile, Ala. 
. Clanton, Ala. 



The next session will be held with Antioch Church, Jive miles 
west of Randolph, in Bibb County, Alabama, on 
Wednesday after the frst Sunday in 
October, 1897. 



1896 

Tie Bauer Job Print 
Clanton Ala.- 



MINUTES. 



New Salem Church, Chilton County, Ala., Sept. 23, 1896 
This being the day appointed for the meeting, the people 
assembled at New Salem church, and. at 11 :a.m. the introduc- 
tory services were held by R. M. Honeycutt, the appointed sub- 
ject Rom. L2 ch. 1 and 2 verses. At one thirty p.m. the Associ- 
ation was called to order by Elder J. M. Langston, the former 
Moderator, who appointed Brethren J. W. Moore and L. B. 
Pounds to read the letters, whereupon the roll was called and the 
letters read and the names of delegates enrolled as follows : 

Antioch—}. M. Langston, Sutton Smitherman, G. W. Free- 
man, Z. J. Corley, H. L. Hicks, D. B. Smitherman, J. W. 
Dunlap, D. Z. Woolley, W. N. Lawrence. 

Strasburg—D. H. Honeycutt, J. W. Moore. 

Pleasant Grove— A. J. Lee, D. B. Oden, W. R. Dawsbri, 
jameo Cobb, M. C. Childress. 

Macedonia — J. P. Atchison, Y. O. Freeman, W. Y. Nix, 
John Compton, J. D. Glasscock. 

New Salem— Felix Eiland, G. W. SorreU, Monroe Martin, 
Joe Burnett, Dave Lodge, T. G. Williams. 

Pleasant Hill—D. L. Ray, M. D. Ray, B. M. Scott. 

Rehoboth—}. J. Hicks, D. L. Smitherman, Edgar Gentry, 
D. C. Smitherman, M. F. Lawley, Cape Milner. 

Collins' Chapel-T. J. Collins, Samuel Pate, A. Littleton, 
K. R. Burnett, W. A. Mims. 

Mars Hill— J. P. Gentry, C. L. Langston, James Gothard, 
F. M. Langston J. M. Scott, A. J. Pate, S. D. Posey, E. G. Cofer. 

Shady Grove— D. R. Jackson, Z. W. Langston, James 
Smitherman, Pink Scott, Jackson Smitherman, Joel Fitts, M.J. 

Payne. , T a w 

Center Hill— J. H. Martin, G. W. Langston, L. A. Mc- 
Graw, J. H. Waddell. 

Providence— R. M. Honeycutt, J. J. Lowery, J. E. Creel, 
W. R. Houlditch, J. A. Lowery, W. H. Shaw. 

Liberty Jfill—W. M. Wood, A. L. Foshee, Wiley Foshee. 

The Association then proceeded to the election of a Moder- 
ator and Clerk, which resulted in the re-election of Elder J. M. 
Langston as Moderator and R. M. Honeycutt, Clerk. The mod- 
erator then gave an invitation for churches to unite with us. 

On motion W. H. Conway and W. L. Honeycutt were re- 
ceived as delegates from Mineral Springs church, the same being 
present without a letter. 

Open the door for correspondence. Received from Shelby 
Association Rev. W. H. Connell and E. W. Freeman; from 



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Unity, Elders R. H. Long, S. M. Adams. Returned correspon- 
dence to Shelby Association, T- M. Langston, S. Smitherman ; 
to Unity, L. B. Pounds, John Hewitt, R. M. Honeycutt. 

The Moderator then appointed the following committees, 
which are to report to this body. 

On Devotion — L. B. Pounds as Pastor, and the deacons of 
New Salem church, F. M. Lawley and W. H. Shaw. 

On Finance — D. Z. Woolley, A. J. Lee, T. G. Williams. 

On motion, A. Glasscock and Monroe Hubbard were receiv- 
ed as delegates from Macedonia church. 

The Constitution, Articles of Faith, and Rules of Decorum 
were then rend. 

A motion was then made to rescind the act of the Associa- 
tion in receiving the brethren from Mineral Springs church and 
Macedonia church on the ground of its being unconstitutional. 
Motion prevailed. 

Committee on Devotion made the following report — Prayer 
and song service to-morrow at 8:30 a.m., conducted by S. 
Smitherman ; at 11 -.a.m. Missionary sermon by S. M. Adams. 

The Moderator then appointed Committee on Nominations 
as follows : Z. J. Corley, Y. O.. Freeman and W. A. Mims. 

The Association then adjourned until 9 a.m. to-morrow. 

• 

Second Day. 

The service was conducted by Brother Smitherman and was 
much enjoyed by those present. 

At 9 130 the Moderator called the body to order and proceed- 
ed to business. 1st , called the roll. On motion the Moderator 
appointed a committee of three, to wit : R. M. Honeycutt, John 
Hewitt and W. M. Wood to ascertain the cause of Waxahatchie 
church not being represented in the Association, and report to 
the ne*t session of this body. 

The report of Committee on Sabbath-schools was then read 
and after discussion, was adopted. 

RKPORT OF COMMITTEE ON SABBATH-SCHOOLS. 

To the j\ Fulberry Association. 

We, your Committee on Sabbath-schools, beg leave to submit 
the following report. We believe the Sabbath-school within 
the Mulberry Association is on the gaining ground to some ex- 
tent, but not to as great an extent as it should be, nor as it would 
be if we, as professors of religion, were discharging our duties 
as we should. We believe that the Sabbath-school is one of the 
best places known for brethren and sisters to meet and read and 
study the Word of God, and to teach it to the young and rising 
generation and thereby instill in their minds the blessed truths 
contained in the Bible, which we believe will be the means of 
helping to bring them to Christ. We believe that the young 
people who are trained in a good Sabbath-school are much easier 



reached by the preaching of the gospel than those who have not 
had this Sabbath-school training; therefore, brethren, let us all 
wake up to our duty as Sabbath-school workers and keep our 
Sabbath-school running the year round, and may the blessings of 
God be upon us in so doing. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. H. Shaw, Chairman. 

The report of the Committee on Temperance was then read 
and discussed and adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON TEMPERANCE. 

We, your Committee on Temperance, beg leave to submit 
the following report : Intemperance is the great enemy of hu- 
manity. It is intemperance that destroys the usefulness of man, 
both in morals and in health. We may be intemperate in the 
use of our tongue and thereby be the cause of great distress and 
sorrow that will last through generations yet unborn. But the 
intemperate use of intoxicating drinks is the bane of society; it 
has been the means in the hands of the devil of blighting the 
lives of more men who would have otherwise been good and use- 
ful than any other intemperate act known to men. Intemperance 
in the use of strong drink has laid its hand of distress on more 
innocent women and children, through drunken husbands, than 
all other evils. It leads to ill-treatment to wife and children, 
and the home is neglected in every good work where drunk- 
enness is common, therefore, let us labor to be more temperate 
in all things, and prohibitionist in the use of strong drink. 

W. G. Riggins, Chairman. 

At 1 1 :a.m the Association took a recess of fifteen minutes, 
then listened to an earnest and instructive sermon by Brother S. 
M. Adams, from Matthew 28 ch. 19th verse. The servces were 
largely attended, and the indications were that great good was 
accomplished. At the close of this service a collection was tak- 
en up for missions, which resulted in cash $5.30. The Associa- 
tion then adjourned for dinner and at 1 130 p.m. was called to 
order again by the Moderator. The reports of the various com- 
mittees were then read in order, and after discussion were 
adopted, to wit : 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

We, your Committee on Ministerial Education, make the 
following report : We feel that the subject of education is one 
that should interest every one of our brethren. We feel that no 
brother should be sent out by the church to preach the Gospel to 
the people until the church knows that by his work he has been 
called of God and has been taught of God. We believe that a 
preacher must first be educated in the heart to preach the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ in the right way to sinners. We feel, brethren, 



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that no one can do anything that he knows nothing about. 
Brethren, God has promised us all that is needful if we will 
keep His commandments. We feel that when God calls a man 
to do work he knows it and that he should go about the work as 
God directs him. Brethren, let us have God's way, not ours, 
God's Word and not ours. Let us pray that God will direct us 
right. Brethren, we should read and study God's Word that 
we may be able to know what is our duty that we may be bless- 
ed. God will be with His children and bless them when they 
serve Him. Brethren, let us be more like Christ's disciples, they 
went about the Master's work in the name of the Master, and in 
His power God helps us to carry out the commands. We feel 
that it is right to help our ministers. We are taught that in 
God's Word*. Now, bretiiren, we feel and see the need of more 
education and love for. the cause of Christ. We pray that the 
time is near at hand when Christians will wake up to a dis- 
charge of duty, and love God with our whole heart and serve 
Him to divine acceptance. We pray that God will give us 
more heartfelt religion, that we would be steadfastly immovable 
always in the service of the Lord. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. Glasscock. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS. 

Your Committee would report as follows : It is with regret 
that we report to the Association the great neglect of our church- 
es to the 6ubjectof the Mission work. Your Committee believes 
that there is a great amount of good being accomplished by our 
Mission boards, both in State, Home and Foreign, but we are 
sorry to know that we are doing so little in helping those en- 
gaged in this work. Your Committee believes that it is the du- 
ty of ever}- Christian to do something to help to carry into ef- 
fect the great command of our Master when He said "Go ye in- 
to all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." But 
how to get them to do this is something we can't tell. We be- 
lieve that this neglect is due to a want of proper education and 
training, and we further believe that our ministers are the first 
to be blamed with this neglect because they don't impress this 
duty upon their congregations more fully, and we believe furth- 
er that our people are too willing to this, and that we are all to 
blame. Your Committee would earnestly recommend and in- 
sist upon the members of our Association that they give this 
matter more thought and let us come to the help of those engag- 
ed in this work, and not only be hearers of the Word but doers 
of the work. Committee. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ORPHANS' HOME. 

The orphanage is located at Evergreen, Conecuh county. 
Every Baptist in Alabama should know the history of the Or- 
phans' Home. We feel safe in saying that it is an institution of 



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God's own appointment. The people have nobly supported it. 
The property is paid for. A dining room is much needed, as 
well as sick room. Some seventy-five children have been sent 
to the Orphans' Home, and about thirty-eight of them have been 
«ent to good homes. The children are being taught not only in 
literature, but to labor with their hands. Rev. J. W. Stewart 
has charge of this institution, he is one of our best business men 
as well as one of our most consecrated and useful ministers. Mrs. 
Ansley is the very one to preside over the children. Oh, who 
could withhold their giving to a home for children who have no 
father, no mother and no home, G. W. Frbbman. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON HOME RELIGION. 
We, \%>ur Committee on Home Religion, beg leave to say 
ihat one hopeful sign of the times is the progress of religion at 
home, or the erection of family altars at home, and there seems 
.is a result to be more piety and reverence for God and His peo- 
ole and less reveling, such as daucing and play parties that once 
were so prevalent in our country, and even countenanced in the 
homes of our church members Such things are now forbidden 
in those homes and our young people are invited to attend and 
engage in singing God's praise. But, dear brethren, while we 
see. hopeful signs which should encourage us in this direction, 
vet we can by no meat's say that our Christian people are as de- 
vout in their home worship and service of the Lord as they 
should be, for there are yet very many of our brethren who fail 
.o take up their cross by reading God's Word and leading their 
families to the Lord in prayer, so please allow us to insist on 
our preachers and teachers to press those sacred duties more fer- 
vently upon our people, for a people that serve God at home will 
>urely serve Him at church and abroad, and if we have not re- 
ligion at home surely we can not have much abroad. 

W. A. Mijis, Ckairmam* 



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REPORT OF COMMITTEE OK FINANCE. 
We. your Committee on Finance, submit the following re- 
Received from the churches for Minutes $ a 5*75 

»« ** Foreign Missions a. 15 

Home Missions. . 95 
Orphans' Home. . 14.S8 









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Total 



43-73 

A. J. Lee, Ckmtrmatt* 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS. 

We, your Committee on Nominations, offer the following 

rt Tort : 

We recommend that the next session of the Mulberry Associ- 



atkra be held with Antioch church oa Wednesday before the sec- 
ond Sunday in October 1897. We further recommend L. B- 
Pounds to preach the introductory sermon, Sutton Smitherman 
alternate. We further recommend as delegates to the Southern 
Baptist Convention G. W. Freeman ; alternate, R. M. Honey- 
cutt - Z. J. Cokxit, Gkni 



On motion the clerk was allowed $10.00 for his services and 
that be superintend the printing of the minutes and distribu- 
ting them to the churches and that he expend the amount on 
hand for that purpose in that way, and the money for missions 
be sent to the Secretary of the Home Mission Board, and the 
money for the Orphans" Home be sent to J. W. Stewart at Ever- 



The following resolution was passed. 

Hesotwed* That this Association tender our thanks to the 
people of New Salem church and vicinity for kindness and hos- 
pitality extended to us during our stay with them. Also tender 
our thanks to Brother Logan for the music furnished. 

D. Z. Woollkt. 

* 

The Moderator announced the following standing commit- 
tees who will report at the next meeting of the Association : 

On Smmday-seaools — A. Glass, A. J. Lee. 

Om Temferanc* and Prohibition — L. B. Pounds, Z. W. 
Langston. * 

On State, Home and Foreign Missions — M. D. Langston 
J. J, Hicks. s * 

On Ministerial Education—}. P. Gentry, W. H. Shaw. 

On Home Heligion — S. Smitherman. D. R. Jackson. 

On Periodicals — R. M. Honeycutt, Felix Eiland 

On Orphans' Home—W. M. Wood, A. L. Foshee. 

The Association having finished the business of this session, 
adjourned to meet With Antioch church, Bibb county, Ala., on 
Wednesday before the second Sunday in October, 1S97. 

J. M. Lasgston, Moderator. 
R. M. HoNKYctnrx, Clerk. 



8 
DISTRICT MEETINGS. 



First District. 

ict wil h#» Knl/1 Tin'fJ-, 



The next meeting of the First District will be held with 
Macedonia church on Wednesday before the first Sunday in 
August, 1897. Introductory sermon by R. M. Honeycutt. 

SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION. 

1. What is the best means of promoting a growth in grace? 
Opened by M. D. Langston and Z. J. Jones. 

2. Should we leave off foot-washing in our church worship? 
Opened by S. D. Posey and W. Y. Nix. 

3. What constitutes a living Faith? Opened by Y. O. 
Freeman and J. P. Gentry. 

Second District. 

. The next meeting of the Second District will be held with 
Mineral Springs church on Fridav. before the fourth Sunday in 
July, 1897. Introductory Sermon by R. M. Honeycutt; W. G. 
Riggins alt mate. 

SUBJECTS FOR DISCUSSION. 

1. Can a church organization, according to the New Tes- 
tament plan, 1*5 kept up in this our day without any finance; 
if not, whose duty is^it to furnish said finance? Opened bv T H 
Martin and Felix Eiland. ' - 

0» 2. Is water baptism essential to salvation to the believer in 
Christ? Opened by_;W.; A. Mims and Samuel Pate. 



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STATISTICS OF MULBERRY MISSIONARY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1896. 



CHURCH 



First District 

Antioch 

Enon 1 . . .' 

Macedonia 

Mars Hill 

Rehobotb 

Shady Grove 

Pleasant Grove.. 



Second District 

Center Hill Chilton 

Collins Chapel Chilton. 

Liberty Hill Chilton. 

Mineral Springs.. Chiltoi 

New Salem Chilton . 

Providence Chilton 

Pleasant Hill Chilton . 

Strasburg Chilton . 

Waxahatcbie Chilton 



Total. 



COUNTY 



Bibb. . . . 

Bibb... 

Chilton 

Chilton. 

Bibb. . . . 

Bibb... 

Chilton 



PASTOR 



J. M. Langston 



L. B. Pounds. . 
S. Smitherman 
S, Smitherman 
S. Smitherman 
G. W. Freeman 



R. II. Long. . . . 
W. G. Riggins 
W. A. Wood . . 



L. B. Pounds . . 
R.M.Honeycutt 
B. H. Vickers.. 
L. B. Pounds . . 



CLERK 



Z. J. Corley. .. 



S. E. Waldrup 
G. W. Gothard 
M. F. Law ley . 
W. J. 'ackson , 
D. II. Hudgens 



J. H. Martin. 
W. A Mimg . 
Jasper Giles. 



T. G. Williams 
W. H. Shaw... 
W. P. Sett ... 
J. W. Moore.. . 



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